The importance of being realistic

This winter has been a good one for the Australians. Not only did they overcome a weak Indian side, they did so comfortably enough that they could mostly brush a loss to New Zealand under the rug. Better still for them, England lost four out of five of our winter Tests. It has prompted a resurgence of confidence from the antipodes and over the past few months there have been quite a few willing to express it. During and immediately after England’s matches I got quite a few messages on Twitter about how England were going to be destroyed in 2013 by the ‘mighty aussies’ [sic]. In particular, there were several assurances that our batting would collapse in a heap against their pace attack.

Today in Bridgetown, the West Indies declared their first innings closed on 449-9.

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